Dr Colin Watts and his team at the University of Cambridge are testing drug-containing gels as a new delivery method for the treatment of high grade brain tumours.
They will begin by determining the most effective chemotherapy and radiotherapy drug combinations to target genetically different cells within glioblastoma tumours. The team will then test these combinations by loading them in to the gel and injecting them into models of surgical cavities.
This project plays an important role in determining whether hydrogel drug delivery is a feasible treatment option to avoid the difficulty of getting drugs across the blood brain barrier.
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